By the Daily Post staff
Nonette Hanko, who has served on the board of directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District since its inception in 1972, will not seek re-election this fall and the only candidate running for her seat is Palo Alto City Councilwoman Karen Holman.
Holman, after eight years on council, will leave council in December due to term limits.
Today (Aug. 10) was the last day for candidates to file for the Nov. 6 election. But because the incumbent is not running again, the filing deadline has been automatically extended until Wednesday.
In 1970, Hanko, along with a handful of open space advocates, spearheaded the two county initiative to preserve the foothills by forming the open space district.
Hanko, 86, has been a Palo Alto resident since 1951.
According to the district’s website, she has been recognized for her preservation efforts and has been featured as one of the living visionaries of Bay Area open space in photographer/author Galen Rowell’s book “Bay Area Wild,” received the World of Out of Doors Award from the Girl Scouts in Santa Clara County, and was recipient of the prestigious “Creators of the Legacy” honor as part of the Palo Alto Centennial.
Holman has been a strong advocate for the environment and open space while on council. She was co-chair of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space Advisory Committee in 2015 and 2016.
The open space district is led by a seven-member board of directors. The directors are elected by district. In the November election, the seats for District 1, 2, 5 and 6 are up for grabs.
Hanko holds the District 5 seat representing East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, part of Palo Alto and part of Stanford.
District 2 — covering another section of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, a portion of Stanford — is represented by former Palo Alto Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto. Nobody signed up to run against her in November.
District 1 represents Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno. Incumbent Pete Siemens, a former Los Gatos councilman, will face Mike Buncic, a biology teacher who lives in Los Gatos.
In District 6, incumbent Larry Hassett, a La Honda resident, will face Portola Valley architect Carter Jensen Warr. The territory for District 6 includes Atherton, La Honda, Loma Mar, Menlo Park, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Gregorio and Woodside.
The other directors, whose terms are not up this year, are Jed Cyr (Ward 3), Curt Riffle (Ward 4) and Cicily Harris (Ward 7).